More questions about hiring of Parnell aide

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

JUNEAU - The Parnell administration continues to face pressure over last year's hiring of former lawmaker Gene Therriault to an energy adviser role.

Activist Andree McLeod says public records she received indicate the hire was illegal. An administration official says they don't give the full picture.

McLeod released personnel papers signed by Gov. Sean Parnell's administrative director, Linda Perez, on Sept. 1, 2009, and by Therriault 11 days later, stating he was "being appointed" to a new position, effective Sept. 14, 2009. Therriault had announced in August 2009 that he was resigning his legislative seat.

McLeod also released an e-mail showing Therriault's official separation from the Legislature was Sept. 13, 2009. She says this helps show the position was created while he was a lawmaker - and that his hire was, therefore, not allowed under the constitution.

Perez said the office wasn't created until Sept. 21, 2009, with an effective date of Sept. 14 - meaning he wasn't a legislator at the time.

Parnell's spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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